A member of Iraqi security forces uses a pair of binoculars to secure an area from militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS)in Udhaim district, north of Baghdad August 6, 2014. (REUTERS)
BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered Iraq's security forces Tuesday to stay out of a "political crisis" over who will form the next government, amid fears they could intervene.
The two-term premier, whose bid to stay in power has faltered, urged security personnel "to stay away from the political crisis and continue in their security and military duties to defend the country," a statement on Maliki's website said.
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